In the Thrivent Financial Collection of Religious Art
An art exhibition at the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery
(University of Michigan-Dearborn)
Beginning September 24, 2010 the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery at the University of Michigan – Dearborn will host an exhibition of etchings by the renowned artist Rembrandt. “Pursuit of Faith: Etchings by Rembrandt in the Thrivent Financial Collection of Religious Art” was organized by Dr. Shelley Perlove and her undergraduate students at UM-Dearborn.
“Pursuit of Faith: Etchings by Rembrandt from the Thrivent Financial Collection of Religious Art” features 25 fine prints, including the famous Hundred Guilder Print (1649), as well as the original copper plate of The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds (1634) which is also on view. The exhibit spans the years from Rembrandt’s early dramatic etchings of the 1630s to his late prints of the 1650s that focused on quieter, more contemplative moments.
The exhibit also includes detailed information on the art of etching and printmaking and the tools which the artist used. Rembrandt was able to go above and beyond the craft of printmaking, extending its boundaries in order to create the incredible images on view. In fact, his constant experimentation with technique means that many of the impressions that survive today are one of a kind. He worked with different types of paper, testing the effects of thick European paper against thinner Japanese types that produced a more luminous, translucent quality. Deeply involved in all aspects of this meticulous art form, Rembrandt practiced selective wiping of the inked plate, allowing the ink to gather in areas to create shadow, and wiping it away for the illusion of light, therefore creating contrast while also highlighting significant details of his works.
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